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USS Page County (LST-1076)
USS LST-1076 (1945 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - India - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation - - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (8) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (2) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

USS Page County (LST-1076) was transferred to Greece and renamed HS Kriti (L-171)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 16 March 1945, at Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 14 April 1945
  • Commissioned, 1 May 1945 as USS LST-1076, LT. Grover L. Rawlings, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1076 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Four, CAPT. C. A. H. H. Tiemroth;
    LST Group One Hundred One;
    LST Division Two Hundred One
  • Following World War II USS LST-1076 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 8 to 24 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 13 June 1946, at Vancouver, WA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Named USS Page County (LST-1076), 1 July 1955
  • Recommissioned, 28 November 1960, at San Diego, CA.
  • During the Vietnam War USS Page County (LST-1076) served continuously in country and in contiguous waters, with the exception of overhaul periods, from mid 1966 to late 1970 participating in the following campaigns. (Dates listed do not include underway transit times within the contiguous waters along the Vietnam coast as defined by the US Navy and so specified by the Vietnam Service Medal.)

    Vietnam Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    June 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 to 8 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 July 1966 - December 1966
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    27 December 1969 to 25 January 1970
    30 January 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    28 to 30 June 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    17 May to 30 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 24 August 1968
    9 September to 18 October 1968
    30 October to 1 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 July to 2 August 1970
    29 September to 8 October 1970
    1 November 1970

  • Decommissioned, 5 March 1971
  • Transferred to Greece, date unknown, under the Security Assistance Program, renamed HS Kriti (L-171)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 April 1978
  • USS Page County earned eight campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Sold under the Security Assistance Program to Greece, 1 July 1978
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    USS Page County (LST-1076)
    Page County 133k USS Page County (LST-1076), and beyond her stern LCU-1499 and to the right LCU-1613, form the background as six LCVPs from USS Bayfield (APA-33) crossing the line of departure enroute to White Beach, during amphibious exercises, 18 November 1961.
    US Navy photo # NH 99245.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Page County 17k USS Page County (LST-1076) underway, date and location unknown. Photo by Lloyd King
    Rehoboth 609k USS Page County (LST-1076) in port at Adak, Alaska, moored inboard of USS Rehoboth (AGS-50) during the summer of 1965. Jim Henderson
    Rehoboth 213k
    LST-1076 54k USS Page County (LST-1076) delivering mail off the coast of Vietnam, circa 1967. Photo by Terry Gann EM2 USNR Ret.
    LST-1076 100k USS Page County (LST-1076) along with, YFU-60, YFU-63 and six unidentified LCU/YFUs at the LCT/LCU Landing, Port of Cua Viet, South Vietnam, October 1968. Photo by Art Moore BU2 USN
    LST-1076 152k USS Page County (LST-1076) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, June 1969.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LST-1076 126k USS Page County (LST-1076) beached at Vinh Long on the Mekong River, South Vietnam in 1970. Photo by Richard Haffey
    LST-1076 468k USS Page County (LST-1076) plaque. Laura Waterhouse
    HS Kriti (L-171)
    LST-1076 126k Ex-USS Page County (LST-1076) in Greek service as HS Kriti (L-171) aerial view, date and place unknown. Tony Vrailas
    LST-1076 62k HS Kriti (L-171) loading M48A2 tanks at, Amphipolis Bay, Northern Greece, January 1975. Tony Vrailas
    LST-1076 62k HS Kriti (L-171) unloading amphibious vehicles, date and location unknown. Athanasios Papapostolou
    Potter County 340k Greek amphibious ships moored at the Salamis Naval Base, Greece, 31 August 1979.
    From left to right:
    Ex-USS LSM-399 - HS Ipopliarkhos Roussen (L-164)
    Ex-USS LSM-45 - HS Ipopliarkhos Grigoropoulos (L-161)
    Ex-USS LSM-102 - HS Ipopliarchos Toyrnas (L-162)
    Ex-USS Potter County (LST-1086) - HS Ikaria (L-154)
    Ex-USS Page County (LST-1076) - HS Kriti (L-171)
    Ex-USS Boone County (LST-389) - HS Lesbos (L-172)
    Ex-USS Bowman County (LST-391) - HS Rodos (L-157)
    Ex-USS LST-325 - HS Syros (L-144)
    Defense Imagery Photo # VIRIN: DN-SC-82-00333 by PHC C. Pedrick USN.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Page County (LST-1076)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    History of USS Page County (LST-1076) - Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Rawlings, Grover Leonard, USNR1 May 1945 - 29 August 1945
    02LTjg. Walker, Joe G.,USNR29 August 1945 - 12 February 1946
    03ENS. Silvery, Arthur A., USNR12 February 1946 - 13 June 1946
     Decommissioned13 June 1946 - 28 November 1960
    04LCDR. Keily, Lawrence John (Larry), USN (USNA 1951)28 November 1960 - August 1961
    05LCDR. Williams III, James Garfield (Photo as CDR)August 1961 - March 1963
    06LT. Barbour Jr., William Joseph, USNMarch 1963 - May 1963
    07LCDR. Tager, Bruce Alan, USNMay 1963 - December 1964
    08LT. Pounds Jr., Philip Clyde, USNDecember 1964 - September 1966
    09LT. Coulapides, Anthony Chris, USNSeptember 1966 - March 1969
    10LCDR. Laabs, Stephen Kermit, USN (USNA 1964)March 1969 - 4 December 1969
    11LT. Addicott, Raymond Walter, USN4 December 1969 - 8 December 1969
    12LT. Tittle, Harold Edwin, USN8 December 1969 - 1 July 1970
    13LCDR. Kelly, John Patrick, USN (USNA 1962)1 July 1970 - 5 March 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    United States LST Association
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